famous three-wicket win against Australia at The Gabba, Brisbane in January
2021, which helped India win two successive Test series in Australia, will go
down as one of India’s greatest Test victories of all time. With the likes of
Virat Kohli not playing the match, chasing 328 on the final day at a venue
where Australia had not lost a Test match since 1988, Rishabh Pant led India to
a memorable win with his fantastic unbeaten 89.
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an interesting moment about that chase, Ravi Shastri, the man who was in charge
of the Indian team then, said the team was confident of winning the match.
thought that was unbelievable, especially on that last day. I always knew at
tea time, when we were three down, that it’s pointless telling Rishabh
anything. I can’t tell you what the conversation was. From upstairs I went to
the loo. These 2 young boys were having a chat – Gill and Pant. Gill had batted
magnificently to set it up with a brilliant 90,” Shastri said on the ‘Bold
& Brave The Ravi Shastri Way’ show on Star Sports.
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stopped and listened and walked straight past, and I said ‘keep going’. Did not
say a word. I knew in my mind they were going for it. I endorse that kind of
cricket. In trying to do that you might lose, but if you pull it off, that’s
the ultimate heist. That’s what we did there,” he added.
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the Gabba Test by three wickets and it was their maiden victory at the ground.
The win in Brisbane paved the way for India’s 2-1 Test series win, their second
consecutive after the 2018-19 series.
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scored 89, Shubman Gill missed the ton as he was dismissed at 91 by Nathan
Lyon. Cheteshwar Pujara scored 56. Mohammed Siraj picked up a fifer in
Australia’s second innings.